More on Ken Starr and Baylor

I’m in 100% agreement with Matt when he writes

Well, some real Baptist(possibly) news came about today. Ken Starr was unanimously voted in as the President of Baylor University.

Bart Barber says it is a farce that Baylor, a Baptist University, didn’t even hire a Baptist. He does not say that he thinks Starr will be bad for Baylor, his beef is that Baylor went out and hired someone that is not a Baptist and then requires them to attend a Baptist church when he arrives in Waco. Barber’s thoughts are that if Baylor wants to hire a non-Baptist to be their president than don’t require him to go to a Baptist church when he gets there!

Wade Burleson has trouble comprehending what Barber is saying and then makes a statement that Southern Baptists are more concerned with being Southern Baptist than christian. This is nonsense because to be Southern Baptist does in fact require you to be a Christian first. It’s as if Burleson doesn’t understand why Southern Baptist think other Southern Baptists should hold to Southern Baptist values… Let’s not tell paedobaptists they can’t join the SBC either.

All in all, I sympathize with Barber… I wouldn’t want my Baptist alma mater to go hire a president that wasn’t even a Baptist and then proceed to make him become a Baptist.. Its not that Southern Baptists think Baptist distinctives are salvation issues, but we are Southern Baptists for a reason.

Exactly!

10 thoughts on “More on Ken Starr and Baylor

  1. irishanglican 16 Feb 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Help me here, if being a Southern Baptist (believers baptism) means you are a Christian, then what are some of the “quote” Baptist distinctives, that would exclude Star? What is Star, but a Christian from some other “denomination”?

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    • Jim 16 Feb 2010 at 2:51 pm

      there are several things about baptists that are distinctive. hiring a person from another denomination as president of one of our university’s making us unhappy is just one of them.

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  2. irishanglican 16 Feb 2010 at 2:24 pm

    C.H. Dodd was the first non-Anglican to chair theology at Oxford, and that was in the 1930’s I think? Dodd was a Congregationalist.

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  3. irishanglican 16 Feb 2010 at 2:28 pm

    For Dodd, that was Cambridge and emeritus 1949.

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  4. irishanglican 16 Feb 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Maybe its time to get over stuff like this, and let each man/women, i.e. the character, and let’s hope their Christian character speak for itself! Not to offend, but challenge all of us as members of the One Body of Christ!

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    • Jim 16 Feb 2010 at 3:03 pm

      i disagree. denominations serve an important function. distinctives and distinctions matter.

      imagine going into baskin-robbins for ice cream and only finding there coconut flavorerd. Blah!!!!

      denominations serve a very important function as they allow people who like different tastes to participate in a community of faith with people who share similar tastes.

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  5. irishanglican 16 Feb 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Oxford for example, has many Colleges that are of different Christian Communions, but still within the Oxford collegial Collegiate, etc.

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  6. irishanglican 16 Feb 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Well within Anglicanism, you have High Church, Low Church, broad or liberal, conservative Evangelicals, Anglo-Catholics.. and now it seems a Roman Catholic rite also. Now there are some different tastes for you! But, I understand your thought, because I really feel the same way. But sometimes I feel I must challenge my own “tastes”. But yes, I would rather be the one to decide also, and not have it rammed down my throat.

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  7. bobcargill 16 Feb 2010 at 6:16 pm

    keep in mind that ken starr is church of christ (hence the pepperdine connection). cofc folk are cousins of baptists, the difference being that you all use instrumental music sometimes and we pretend to not be a denomination. 😉

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    • Jim 16 Feb 2010 at 6:20 pm

      we pretend to be a denomination sometimes! 😉
      as to the music thing. well, truth told, some of the churches i’ve visited would do well to abandon music altogether.

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